Paine fires back at Stokes for his comments on Warner
Tim Paine has criticized Ben Stokes for using David Warner's name to boost sales of his new book.
Stokes revealed in his book that Warner's sledging spurred him into action during his fateful match-winning knock in the thrilling Headingley win earlier this summer.
Stokes scripted a remarkable victory for England in the third Ashes Test when he hit an incredible 135 not out to withstand Australia's bowling charge.
Although Warner has built a reputation of a reformed character since his return from the one-year ban due to ball-tampering, Stokes insists the left-handed batsman did not shy away from dishing personal abuse his way.
"He just wouldn't shut up for most of my time out there," Stokes said of Warner.
"I could accept it from just about any other opponent. Truly. Not from him, though."
"The changed man he was adamant he'd become, the one that hardly said boo to a goose and even went as far as claiming he had been re-nicknamed 'Humble' by his Australia team-mates, had disappeared."
Australia skipper Paine refuted Stokes' version of the events at Headingley and defended Warner amidst this latest attack on his brash nature.
When posed with the question terming Stokes' statements a "cheap shot", Paine said: "Oh absolutely.
"I was obviously standing next to David the whole time (at first slip) and you are allowed to talk on the cricket field," he told reporters ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan.
"But by no means was he abusing him or sledging him.
"It just seems to be a common trend in England that they like to use Davey's name to spike book sales."